January 2018 Around Town 1

Red Brick Brewing Co. and 
Georgia Aquarium Announce 
Sea Otter Stout

Just in time for winter, beer lovers can cuddle up with the newest release from Georgia Aquarium and Red Brick Brewing Co. Sea Otter Stout hit select shelves throughout Atlanta the week of December 4. The special-edition winter brew marks the third seasonal release in 2017 from Georgia Aquarium and Red Brick Brewing Co.

The brew is a roasty American stout that offers a bold hop character from Centennial and Chinook hop varieties and an ABV of 6.5 percent. It will be available at retailers including Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Green’s Beverages, Hop City, Kroger, Sprouts, Target, Total Wine, Tower Wine and Spirits and Whole Foods.

Proceeds from sales of Sea Otter Stout will support one of the aquarium’s most beloved animals: the Southern sea otter. Sea otters are currently “endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and face threats such as entanglement in fishing equipment, oil spills and shark predation.

Georgia Aquarium and Red Brick share a commitment to sustainability and conservation. Red Brick aims to be a leader in the U.S. craft beer industry as an environmentally responsible brewery with eco-friendly initiatives including biodegradable can connectors and a shift from bottles to more-often recycled aluminum cans. The two entities formalized a partnership through summer 2018 and consecutive releases are scheduled for spring and the return of Whale Shark Wheat in the summer.

For more information on Sea Otter Stout and Georgia Aquarium’s sea otter research and conservation efforts, visit GeorgiaAquarium.com.

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces New Landmark Public Art for the City 

Mayor Kasim Reed announced the acquisition of landmark public art for the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the city to acquire nine new pieces of art for a total investment of nearly $4.4 million; the nine works will be installed at sites in Downtown, Midtown and Southwest Atlanta, and will make the highest level of art available to the public. The acquisition is funded by the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond program.

The public will be able to view each of the works for free, without the barrier of a membership fee or ticket.

The nine artists chosen are Alicja Kwade, Willie Cole, Byung Hoon Choi, Ryan Gander, Yinka Shoniebare, Juame Plensa, Ugo Rondinone,  Katharina Grosse and Radcliffe Bailey.

These new works represent a higher caliber of art, which the city hopes will serve as a catalyst for private investments and public-private partnerships in the future. Over the past eight years, more than $20 million has been allocated to the Office of Cultural Affairs to look for new ways to increase public engagement with Atlanta’s arts and culture.

Save the Date for Midtown Alliance’s Annual Meeting: February 13

Midtown Alliance will be holding their annual community meeting on February 13 at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE. The meeting will feature announcements and updates on public improvement projects coming to the area; a keynote speech by Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City transportation commissioner from 2007-2013, author of the book Streetfight and and a leading voice on urban transportation policy; and an exploration of Midtown’s past in honor of the 40th anniversary of the area’s urban renaissance. 

Tickets are $75 for Midtown Alliance members or $100 for nonmembers. Visit MidtownATL.com for more information. 

SLAM! Academy of Atlanta, An Innovative Charter School Model, Will Open its Doors for the 2018 School Year

One of only two charter schools approved by the Georgia State Charter School Commission for the 2017 cycle at its meeting on August 30, SLAM! Academy of Atlanta is excited to announce that it will be opening its doors to the children in the Atlanta Public Schools attendance zone for the 2018-19 school year. By choosing SLAM! students will experience, “Sports infused lessons that develop lifelong learners who consistently pursue academic and personal excellence and are motivated to become future world changers.” 

For the 2018-19 school year, the school will enroll students in kindergarten through third grade with plans to serve grades K-7 during the first charter term and grades K-12 at full capacity.

Throughout all grade levels, sports themes are incorporated into the curriculum to captivate students and help nurture their natural curiosity and love for learning by helping them better connect and comprehend coursework. SLAM! Academy’s mission is to provide an engaging, challenging and supportive learning environment so every student can “SLAM it out of the park” both in and out of the classroom.

SLAM! Academy of Atlanta will be the newest addition to the SLAM! family that includes four campuses in the state of Florida, as well as schools in San Antonio and Las Vegas.

For enrollment information, visit SlamAtlanta.com.